Public Feedback Sought

Webinar to be held on state goals for meeting federal requirements on some transit projects in August; comments welcome until Sept. 16 OLYMPIA – People with an interest in disadvantaged-business participation for transportation projects funded in part by the Federal Transit Administration have an opportunity to learn more about participation goals and to provide comments.

Every three years, agencies that receive funding assistance from the FTA must propose an overall Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation goal. The goal of the DBE program is to create a “level playing field” for firms owned and operated by disadvantaged individuals that want to participate in federally assisted projects related to highways, airports and transit.

The Washington State Department of Transportation evaluated the DBE-eligible firms and the number of FTA-funded projects in prior and upcoming years. Based on that evaluation, WSDOT is proposing a 3.26 percent participation goal. The proposed goal is for FTA-assisted projects during federal fiscal year 2014 to 2016 (Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2016).

So that businesses and individuals can learn more about the program and the proposed goal, WSDOT will host a webinar Friday, Aug. 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Participants can register online any time before the webinar.

WSDOT will consider all comments as well as other quantitative or anecdotal material before submitting its final DBE goals to FTA on Sept. 20. Written comments on the overall DBE goals will be accepted until Sept. 16.

Send comments to:
Jackie Bayne, Business Development & Compliance Consultant
WSDOT, Office of Equal Opportunity
P.O. Box 47314
Olympia, WA 98504-7314
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Documents detailing WSDOT’s DBE goals and the methodology used for determining the FTA DBE goal are available for review at WSDOT headquarters and all WSDOT regional headquarters offices. These documents are also available online.


Earthquake Drill For Thurston County Offices

 Emergency Training Exercise Tests County Preparedness OLYMPIA – Some Thurston County government offices will be closed for a short period on Thursday, August 15. The emergency training drill will begin at 1:15 pm and should last approximately 20 minutes. During that time, county employees will be to take part in a "Drop, Cover and Hold Earthquake Drill", immediately followed by an "Evacuation Drill".

During the evacuation, employees are to meet at their designated outside assembly location and report to their Office Emergency Coordinators for roll-call. Pre-assigned staff will assist with evacuating any citizens who may be present during the drill. Citizens will be directed to evacuate to the assembly area or asked to return upon completion of the training drill.

Thurston County employees and supervisors undergo such drills and evacuations and practice “lock-down” procedures periodically to prepare for such emergencies. In that way, employees will be better able to serve and protect the public and each other in the case of a real life situation. WHAT- Thurston County government emergency training drill
WHEN- Thursday, August 15 at 1:15 in the afternoon for about 20 minutes
WHERE- Thurston County government offices
WHO- Thurston County employees and members of the public who are at county officials at the time


Heritage Day At The Lacey Community Market

Bring the whole family to Lacey’s eclectic Community Market on Saturday, August 10. From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., enjoy free music, entertainment, activities for kids, and shop its unique outdoor market at Huntamer Park.

The Lacey Community Market offers both traditional and non-traditional market items including seasonal produce and fresh-cut flowers, breads, honey, and locally-made and harvested foods. You will also find crafts, hand-made jewelry, furniture, antiques, collectibles, forgotten treasures, refreshments and local cuisine (i.e., barbeque, bakery treats, and many other delicious snacks). Over 70 vendors are expected to line the streets for a distinct shopping experience.

Visitors to the market can enjoy free concerts and entertainment throughout the day. Don’t miss the Latin/World musical sounds by Correo Aereo, beginning at 10:00 a.m., followed by Gypsy jazz string band Hot Club Sandwich at 12:00 noon. An exciting breakdance battle begins at 2:00 p.m. Plus, free face painting, Tumble Bus, and outdoor activities for children, all day long.

You’ll find it all at the Lacey Community Market, located at beautiful Huntamer Park, 618 Woodland Square Loop SE in Lacey. For more information, visit or call (360) 491-3214.

Tree Trimming on Harstine Island

In order to meet the goals of offering its customers the safest and most reliable electrical service possible, Mason County PUD No. 3 has scheduled a tree trimming/removal project that will take place on South Island Drive between Trillium Lane and Chapman Road.

The tree trimming is scheduled to begin August 5, 2013, and will last approximately four weeks.

While the work is underway you may experience occasional traffic delays.
Your patience during this time is greatly appreciated.

If you have power lines that run through your property, please take a moment to see if there are any trees that could potentially fall into the lines. If you notice any such hazards, or if you have any questions or concerns, please call Shelton Line Superintendent Mike Speaks at (360) 426-8255, extension 3237 or Operations Manager Scott Peterson at (360) 426-8255, extension 3233.